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Connecticut River Brackish Tidal Wetlands

(Ragged Rock, Ayers Point, Otter Cove)
 
The salt concentration of these marshes varies seasonally depending on the influence of the Connecticut River (freshwater snow-melt in the spring) and Long Island Sound (higher salt concentrations in late summer, particularly in dry years).  Consequently, the vegetation is transitional between the two conditions and represents a broad spectrum of tidal marsh plants.  Ragged Rock Marsh is one of the largest brackish tidal marshes in the state; it harbors abundant wildlife, including rare and elusive bird species such as rails and bitterns.